Revolutionary New Hampshire: An Account of the Social and Political Forces Underlying the Transition from Royal Province to American Commonwealth

Revolutionary New Hampshire: An Account of the Social and Political Forces Underlying the Transition from Royal Province to American Commonwealth

Revolutionary New Hampshire: An Account of the Social and Political Forces Underlying the Transition from Royal Province to American Commonwealth

Revolutionary New Hampshire: An Account of the Social and Political Forces Underlying the Transition from Royal Province to American Commonwealth

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This volume embodies the tangible results of a project carried out under the terms of a Senior Fellowship at Dartmouth College during the academic year 1934-1935. It will at once be apparent that any definitive piece of historical research on a subject of such scope could scarcely be carried out during so brief a period. One of the motives which influenced my choice of this particular field of study was a belief that there should be a closer community of interests between the state of New Hampshire and Dartmouth College. Another consideration was my interest in the history of the state and a desire to make some contribution in this field which should neither emphasize genealogy nor be colored by hero-worship, and which should attempt to present a body of facts as objectively as possible. A final incentive was the absence of any historical work which stressed the social and economic aspects of the American Revolution in New Hampshire.

While the major emphasis has been placed upon local events and changes, I have endeavored to include by way of background as much of the American and international setting as seemed to be essential for an understanding of the situation in New Hampshire, subject naturally to limitations of space as well as of opportunities for research. I have also attempted to combine with a recital of the essential facts an essay in interpretation. The first few chapters are almost wholly narrative in form, and they embody an account of the events leading to the revolt against British authority. The later chapters describe some of the political, economic . . .

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